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The Garden

Hebrew Bible

The first man and woman were called Adam and Eve. They lived in a garden full of beautiful trees that gave all kinds of fruits that were good to eat.

In the middle of the garden, God put two trees: the Tree of Life, and the Tree of Know­ledge of Good and Evil. God told the man, “You may eat from every tree of the garden—but you may not eat from the Tree of Knowledge, for the day you eat from it, you will die.”
Now the serpent who lived in the garden was the cleverest of all the animals that God had made. The serpent said to Eve, “Has God told you not to eat from every tree of the garden?”

“Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like gods…”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden—but of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You may not eat it, or even touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said, “You will not die—if you eat from the Tree of Knowledge, God knows that your eyes will be opened, and you will be like gods, knowing all things, both good and evil.” So Eve took a fruit from the Tree of Know­ledge, and ate, and gave it to Adam for him to eat. And just as the serpent had said, their eyes were opened.

When God found out what they had done, he said, “The man has become like one of us, knowing all things, good and evil—what if he should also eat from the Tree of Life, and live for­ever?” So God drove the man and woman out of the garden. He cursed the serpent, so that it would have to crawl on its belly. He cursed the woman, so that she would bear children in great suffering. And he cursed the ground, so that Adam would have to work and sweat all his life to grow food. After God drove Adam and Eve out of the garden, he set an angel with a flaming sword to guard the path to the Tree of Life.

Genesis 2–3